Signalment:17 month old Cane corso dog
History:A 17-month-old, intact male, Cane Corso dog was referred to the Small Animal Emergency at the North Carolina State University for evaluation of a 10-day history of right hindlimb lameness with left hindlimb weakness. Neurologic examination was consistent with T3-L3 myelopathy, with thoracolumbar pain on palpation, conscious proprioception absent in the hindlimbs, withdrawal intact in all four limbs, and good anal tone; however, deep pain was subsequently deemed equivocal in the hindlimbs. Spinal radiographs showed no evidence of discospondylitis, disc disease, lytic changes, or vertebral fractures. Due to progressive clinical deterioration, humane euthanasia was elected.
Gross Lesions:Gross findings: Spinal cord: At the level of T13-L1, there was a bulging, intradural, mottled white, dark red, and light brown, 1.5 x 0.9 x 0.9 cm mass that infiltrated the associated spinal cord on cut surface. Gross diagnosis: Spinal cord, T13-L1: intradural mass